Second Alaska Peninsula Volcano Erupting

Two volcanoes are erupting on the Alaska Peninsula in the southwestern part of the state’s mainland but the sputtering emissions of ash and lava at the different sites are unrelated, scientists said.

Pavlof Volcano, an 8,261-foot (2,518-metre) peak located about 590 miles southwest of Anchorage, has been erupting sporadically since May 13.

On Thursday, it was joined by 8,225-foot (2,507-metre) Veniaminof Volcano when that peak, about 100 miles to the northwest of Pavlof, began to erupt, according to a geologist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Veniaminof, which is 485 miles southwest of Anchorage, has been spurting steam, ash and lava on a sporadic basis, according to the observatory. An ash plume was spotted at 12,000 feet on Thursday night, geologist Game McGimsey said on Saturday.

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